First off let me say I've got a GM supplier discount to bring the two cars to an equal footing price wise.
I have an RSX that was nailed by a drunk driver. I'm going to be selling it and getting a new car. As much as I loved that car, I'm not going to buy the same car twice. Something with a similar feel to that car is what I'm looking for.
I was seriously sold on the '04 WRX with the premium package. Then I drove the 9-3 Arc. Now I'm torn. I'd be getting the 6 speed.
The new 9-3s solved all of the torque steer and turbo lag problems Saab had been known for. They come with more amenities than you can shake a stick it. And they make a great sleeper with a classy and unique look. The stock turbo is supposed to be good for low 14s and there are several performance chips and aftermarket turbos to be had to go even faster if you care to. And it's got true luxury car features.
Anyone else compare these cars while shopping?
I've also looked at the Accord Coupe, Mazda 6, and TSX. I'm looking for something that's sporty, fun to drive, and reliable. I don't really race and I'm not into modding yet. But I love a spirited drive on winding roads as much as the next guy.
Tempted to hold out for the 9-2(WRX in Saab's clothing) next year as well.